- Executive Managing Director, Equities
Jane Rowe is Executive Managing Director and head of Ontario Teachers' Equities department. Comprised of Private Capital and High Conviction Equities (HCE), the department's mission is to deliver growth through investments in both private and publicly traded entities. Since joining Ontario Teachers' in 2010, Ms. Rowe has helped grow the private equity portfolio from $10 billion to more than $32 billion.
Ms. Rowe sits on the Investments and Risk committees of the Plan and chairs the Investments Division Credit and Counterparty Committee. She serves on the boards of Cadillac Fairview, Ontario Teachers' wholly-owned real estate subsidiary, Arterra Wines Canada and Camelot Group PLC, the operator of the U.K. National Lottery.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', she held senior roles at Scotiabank, Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, the bank's Canadian private equity fund, was President and CEO of RoyNat Capital Inc., Scotiabank's wholly owned mid-market merchant bank, and was President and CEO of Scotia Mortgage Corporation. Ms. Rowe received a B.Comm (Honours) from Memorial University, her MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business, and ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is an Advisory Board Member of Memorial University's School of Business, served on the Board of Governors at York University, and served on the Advisory Board and Board of Governors for the United Way of Toronto and York Region where she currently serves as a Trustee.
- Managing Director, High Conviction Equities
Russell Hammond leads Ontario Teachers' High Conviction Equities team, which invests across the equity asset class and along the liquidity range of pre-IPO, PIPEs and high conviction public companies. He joined Ontario Teachers' in 2006 and was previously responsible for Industrials and Business Services sector coverage within Private Capital.
He currently sits on the boards of Aurora Plastics, The Azek Company, Cole-Parmer, Exal Group, Infiltrator Water Technologies and Mauser Packaging Solutions. Past investments include Alliance Laundry and Dematic.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Russell worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse, as well as the investment banking and private equity departments of Merrill Lynch in Toronto and London, England.
Russell is a CFA charterholder and graduated as a Presidential Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
- Managing Director & Global Group Sector Head, Private Capital
Bogdan Cenanovic leads Ontario Teachers' investing activities in the technology, media and telecom (TMT), financial services and healthcare sectors. He joined Private Capital in 2009 and has nearly two decades of private equity and investment banking experience.
Since joining the organization, he has been involved in a number of significant transactions including Ascend Learning, Blue Coat Systems, Canbriam Energy, CareerBuilder, Compass Datacenters, Datapipe, Fleet Complete, Flexera Software, Hawkwood Energy, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Kanetix, Metronode, Riverbed Technology and TierPoint. He currently sits on the boards of Amica Senior Lifestyles, Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance, Fleet Complete, Flexera Software and TierPoint.
Bogdan was previously a principal at TorQuest Partners and prior to that, a vice-president at EdgeStone Capital Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments, as well as monitoring and providing strategic guidance to portfolio companies. Earlier in his career he worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Bogdan is a graduate of the Honours Business Administration and MBA programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Additionally, he holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Managing Director & Global Group Sector Head, Private Capital
Romeo Leemrijse leads Ontario Teachers' private equity transactions in the industrial products, energy & power sectors. He joined the organization in 2006 and was most recently Director, Consumer & Retail for Private Capital.
Since joining Ontario Teachers' Romeo has worked on a number of significant transactions, including PODS, GFL Environmental, GNC, Serta Simmons Bedding, Shearers, Dematic, CSC, Aethon and Infiltrator. He currently sits on the boards of PODS, Serta Simmons Bedding, Hawkwood, EdgeMarc, Aspenleaf and CSC.
Romeo was previously a principal at EdgeStone Capital Partners, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing investments, as well as monitoring and providing strategic guidance to portfolio companies.
Romeo is a CFA charterholder and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Managing Director, Global Funds
Tanya Carmichael is based in Toronto and leads the Global Funds team for Ontario Teachers'. She has extensive experience in private equity fund investing and represents Ontario Teachers' on numerous limited partner advisory committees. Tanya is Chair of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) board of directors. She has also served on the Private Equity Steering Committee of the Principles of Responsible Investment.
Tanya has previously served as Chair of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) board of directors and on the Private Equity Steering Committee of the Principles of Responsible Investment.
Before joining Ontario Teachers' in 2006, she was an executive director in CIBC World Markets' private equity funds group and also worked in the legal and compliance group at CIBC. Tanya articled at Stikeman Elliott in Toronto.
Tanya received a BA (Honours) from Queen's University and an LLB from Western University. She holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
- Managing Director, Direct Investing, Private Capital (London)
Jean-Charles Douin is based in London and leads Private Capital's activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined Ontario Teachers' in 2008 and has over 15 years of private equity experience.
Since joining the organization he has been involved in a number of European buyouts led by the London office including Busy Bees, Helly Hansen, ISS, Memora and OGF. Jean-Charles has served on a number of boards across Europe and Africa and currently sits on the boards of Burton's Biscuits and Busy Bees in the U.K., Memora in Spain and OGF in France.
Previously, Jean-Charles worked at CapVest, a pan-European mid-cap private equity fund active in the food, consumer goods and healthcare sectors, and UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on M&A deals in the consumer and retail sectors.
Jean-Charles graduated from HEC (École des hautes études commerciales), in Paris and earned an MBA from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.
- Managing Director, Direct Investing, Private Capital (Hong Kong)
Raju Ruparelia leads Ontario Teachers’ direct private equity investing activities across Asia-Pacific. Raju joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2008, was a senior founding member of its Hong Kong office in 2013 and has nearly two decades of combined experience in private equity and corporate finance. He has worked in both Toronto and London for the organization and has been involved in a number of its direct investments, including the acquisitions of Spandana Sphoorty Financial Ltd., INC Research, Coway, DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield. Raju currently sits on the board of Cushman & Wakefield.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Raju worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York, in investments at Cadillac Fairview (Ontario Teachers’ wholly owned real estate subsidiary) and in the corporate finance group at Deloitte.
Raju holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
- Managing Director, Portfolio Management
Harj Shoan is based in Toronto and leads Private Capital’s Portfolio Management practice, which focuses on value creation planning, value lever acceleration, talent management, board effectiveness, and sharing of best practices across the direct investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Portfolio Management team, Harj was a member of the Consumer & Retail direct investing team in Private Capital, and currently sits on the boards of Arterra Wines Canada, Shearer's Snacks, Traeger Grills, and Munchkin.
Harj joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2014 and has nearly two decades of private equity, investment banking and corporate finance experience. He previously worked at Imperial Capital, Morgan Stanley Private Equity (U.K.), Shoppers Drug Mart, and BMO Nesbitt Burns.
Harj holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a CFA charterholder.